Reply inline in notmuch-show buffer, "mu4e-conversation style"

David Edmondson dme at
Wed Apr 10 04:19:15 PDT 2019

On Wednesday, 2019-04-10 at 12:53:59 +02, Pierre Neidhardt wrote:

> David Edmondson <dme at> writes:
>> Maybe something akin to gnus-dired-mode would be interesting - it would
>> be used in notmuch-show mode and yank selected text into the current
>> message-mode buffer (including quoting).
> That could work too.  We might have to store the name of the composition
> buffer in a variable that's buffer-local to the notmuch-show buffer, so
> that Notmuch does not get confused when composing several emails at the
> same time.

gnus-dired just asks if it is unsure which of the existing composition
buffers you want to use.

> Having a conversation area in the same buffer has
> some benefits though:
> - Less key presses to start composing.

How? Don't I still have to hit one key?

> - No need to play with buffers to display both the thread and the composition.

If a thread is any length, I will want to split the window to show older
mail while I'm writing my comments at the bottom of the thread. So there
might only be one buffer, but two windows, so I'm not sure of the

> - The above problem disappears, there is no need to manually keep a
>   relation ship between 2 buffers since there is only one buffer.
> With this workflow however, we don't need to cite the previous email
> when composing.

Well, this presumes a particular workflow and set of mail
clients. Whether it's a good idea to top post without the bottom is
debatable, I think.

> So it'd be nice to have an option to discard the
> citation (I think it is a nice option in general).
> This could be done with `notmuch-mua-cite-function', or, maybe better,
> have a dedicated option so that `notmuch-mua-reply' does not include the
> citation in the first place.
> Thoughts?
> -- 
> Pierre Neidhardt

All those lines and circles, to me, a mystery.

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